Big Labor Surpassed By None

Borrow and spend like mad on The New Progressivism
With so much attention paid to super PACs these days, folks can forget that the biggest “outside group” spenders in the 2012 elections aren’t oil and gas companies, Sheldon Adelson, the Koch brothers, or hedge funds.

No, as reported by the Associated Press, the biggest spender in the 2012 elections will likely be Big Labor. According to AP, unions will spend “more than $400 million to help re-elect President Barack Obama and lift Democrats this election year.”

Many roll their eyes and ask: How can Big Labor ever spend more than Big Business?

The fact is, since the days of President Franklin Roosevelt, unions have consistently dominated the outside-spending wars, acting as the de facto grassroots infrastructure of the Democratic party. The last two election cycles were no exception.

Unions spent more than any other outside groups in 2008 and 2010, and will likely spend more than any group in 2012. Two unions alone, AFSCME and SEIU, plan to spend at least $185 million electing Obama in 2012. Big Labor is also the single biggest donor to Obama’s super PAC. And while Big Business typically splits its political resources between the two parties, Big Labor exclusively benefits the Democrats.

Their efforts may not be as visible on TV, but they are spending big money on behalf of Democrats — most of which is not publicly disclosed. Center-right groups like American Crossroads, Americans for Prosperity, and the American Action Network — often demonized by the media — can only hope to balance out what the Left has been doing through Big Labor for nearly a century.
(full story at nationalreview.com)

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